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Top five Sydney and Melbourne dog beaches
 
While many beaches across New South Wales and Victoria allow dogs, many impose restrictions during peak season (November-April). PETstock has compiled a list of the top five beaches in Sydney and Melbourne with no summer restrictions on off-leash play.
 
Sydney
Rowland Reserve
Your dog will be row-ing to go at Rowland Reserve, where dogs can access the water, sand and grass areas within this big fenced-off play park. The locals call this place ‘doggy heaven’ and we can see why, there’s even a coffee cart for humans!
Off-leash: all times
 
Bonna Point Reserve, Silver Beach
While the rest of Silver Beach is off limits to our four-legged friends, this little reserve between the third and fourth groynes (jetties) from the western end is always open to pooches for a frolic or swim.
Off-leash: all times
 
Rose Bay Foreshore
This shady little bay between Dumaresq Reserve and Tingira Memorial Park is where your pup can run the whole foreshore and take a dip in the shallow bay. Plus, its proximity to Lyne Park’s off-leash dog zone means you’re sure to have one tired pup after a day out here.
Off-leash: all times
 
Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve
While not technically beach front, this reserve sitting just back from Curl Curl Beach is a great play area for dogs. Plenty of grassy dunes means it’s perfect to run around on all day plus, there’s a lagoon so those water babies can still get their swim.
Off-leash: all times
 
Manly Lagoon
With access to water, mud, sand and endless hours of fun, your furry beach bum won’t believe it’s not a real beach. 
Off-leash: all times
 
Feel like a drive?
There’s a great range of dog beaches outside the city too, check out Newcastle, along the central coast or Wollongong. Visit local councils’ websites for off-leash maps and restrictions.
 
Melbourne
Sandown Street Beach (Brighton Dog Beach)
A Melbourne favourite, this beach was designed with furry friends in mind. With a completely fenced-off area for dogs to play, you can relax knowing your pooch is safe from roaming off.
Off-leash: all times
 
Burns Reserve (Altona Dog Beach)
With plenty of open space to run and other dogs to play with, your pooch won’t want to leave Burns Reserve. Only 30-minutes from the CBD, it’s a great place for those apartment dogs to really stretch their legs.
Off-leash: all times
 
St Kilda West Beach
While many city beaches can be restricted in summer, this little gem located between Langridge and Cowderoy Streets in St Kilda West is the perfect off-leash play spot all year round. There’s even shallow sandbars for those pooches who prefer a gentle wade to a scary swim.
Off-leash: all times
 
Sandringham Harbour Beach
Located between Hampton Pier and the wooden groyne opposite the shelter and barbeque south of Small Street, Hampton, this foreshore is a pooch’s paradise. Your dog will love a paddle, dig or round of frisbee on the sand.
Off-leash: all times
 
Gardiners Creek Reserve Burwood
While not technically a beach, Gardiners Creek is perfect for Melburnian dogs living in the eastern suburbs. Dogs can still get that beach feeling with a beautiful creek to swim in, sandy banks and plenty of room to play.
Off-leash: all times
 
Feel like a drive?
There’s a great range of dog beaches scattered along the Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road and South Gippsland coast. Check local councils’ websites for off-leash maps and restrictions.

UK News
Puppy farming to be targeted in UK government crackdown



Legislation to stop breeders keeping ‘battery dogs’ in appalling conditions will be unveiled in new year

Unethical puppy farming is to be targeted in a new government crackdown against unscrupulous breeders, including tight new restrictions for selling pups online.

Announcing the proposal, the prime minister said she understood the joy of bringing home a new puppy, but that pet owners needed to know that many had not had an ethical and healthy start in life.

The government plans legislation in the new year to tackle so-called battery dogs, born in large-scale commercial breeding establishments. Campaigners have uncovered farms where mothers are given just enough food and water to keep them breeding continuously, in filthy conditions and with no exercise.

Plans include tough new rules for licensed dog breeders, including showing puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made.

Breeders will only be able to sell puppies they have personally bred and online sellers will have to publish their licence number, and the pet’s country of origin and country of residence.

Puppy sales will only be legally completed in the presence of the new owner, meaning sales cannot take place unless the buyer has physically seen the dog.

In a consultation to take place when parliament returns after the Christmas recess, measures will also be explored to tackle puppy smuggling across borders and address the breeding of dogs with harmful genetic disorders, Downing Street said.

Theresa May said the new regulations would be part of a “drive to achieve the highest animal welfare standards in the world”.

“The arrival of a happy, healthy puppy, as I know myself, is a memorable time for a family, but it’s absolutely right we do everything we can to eradicate animal cruelty from our society,” she said. “The proposals my government is developing will be an important step forward.”

Downing Street said May herself had not had a dog since childhood, but had owned a poodle called Tassle when she was a child and later a mongrel called Lucky.

The environment secretary, Michael Gove, said dog lovers could often be seduced at Christmas time by puppies needing a home, but said buyers should check their purchase was being made ethically.

“At this time of year it is all too easy to be moved by images online or adverts in the local press advertising newborn puppies looking for a home for Christmas,” he said. “But what we don’t see is all too often a sad history of mistreatment and malpractice.”

Environmentalism and animal welfare are key planks of the Conservatives’ new electoral strategy after the general election. Ministers were blindsided by a huge public backlash when Conservative MPs voted down an amendment to the EU withdrawal bill to transfer the EU protocol on animal sentience into UK law.

May has since committed to recognising animal sentience in domestic law. Gove said the crackdown on puppy farming was the latest of the government’s proposals to improve animal welfare standards. It is set to ban the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits under eight weeks old and make licensing compulsory for dog breeders.
Source: The Guardian UK

Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance, PIJAC Team Up to Protect Environment


The Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance for Conservation and Tradition (HFACT) and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) have signed Hawaii’s first intra-industry Memorandum of Agreement dedicated to fishing issues in Hawaii.

HFACT strives for the responsible use of Hawaii’s marine life, using science-based methods of fishery management for future generations of fishers. HFACT represents and promotes the interests of fishers in Hawaii through education of fishers and the public, information dissemination, lawmaker advocacy, and improved economic efficiency.

PIJAC represents the responsible pet trade throughout the United States through legislative advocacy, public and industry education, and regulatory consulting. PIJAC’s members include many of Hawaii’s aquarium fishing hobbyists and professionals. PIJAC is a litigant in recent court cases affecting the fisher trade, and is working with Hawaii’s fishers and state regulators on new research about the environmental sustainability of ornamental fishing.

Under the agreement, signed on January 25, HFACT will lead efforts to protect the aquarium fishing industry in Hawaii, to preserve future opportunities for fishing and to provide a unified voice on fishing issues in the state, in line with best practices and environmental research. PIJAC is contributing its national and international expertise in legislative and environmental issues, as well as the numbers and expertise of its Hawaii members.

“HFACT has a long history of representing fishing interests in Hawaii, as well as educating the public and elected officials on the importance of fishing to our local communities,” HFACT President Phil Fernandez said. “The aquarium fish industry is of significant educational and economic importance to Hawaii and is environmentally safe. This memorandum will give fishers a more influential voice to protect all who engage in the practice, as well as the public which benefits from ornamental fishing, from false attacks by environmental organizations and animal rights groups.”

“PIJAC and its aquarium fishing members are proud to partner with HFACT to defend fishing opportunities in Hawaii,” said Robert Likins, PIJAC’s vice president for Governmental Affairs. “The Aquarium Fish industry is an important industry in Hawaii for what it brings to locals through jobs, the state through tourism and the world through ornamental fish. PIJAC looks forward to working with HFACT to help all who benefit from ornamental fishing work with state lawmakers and regulators to ensure the most scientifically credible way forward is found for ornamental fishing and environmental health.”

According to Fernandez and Likins, “The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work.”

Source: Pet Age
Monday 20th August 2018 to Wednesday 22nd August 2018
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2090 Broke Road Pokolbin, NSW 2320 Australia

Interzoo 2018: a new record in sight


Four months before the start of Interzoo 2018 in Nuremberg, more exhibitors have already booked their booths than at the same point two years ago. Exhibition organizer WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH) therefore expects to welcome more than 1,800 exhibitors to the world’s leading exhibition for the pet industry that is set to take place from 8 to 11 May 2018.

“We have good reason to announce that Interzoo 2018 will be the most important event of the international pet supplies industry in the coming year: The booth space booked is already larger than that of the last Interzoo. Of the companies that have registered so far, 80 percent come from abroad, and there has also been greater interest on the part of German companies,” reports Hans-Jochen Büngener, Chairman of the Interzoo Exhibition Committee.

Among the European countries, WZF has received applications for larger booth areas from Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Turkey. International exhibitors from Asia and the Americas have also booked larger booths, particularly China, Hong Kong, India, Canada, Macau and South Korea. Many foreign companies are participating in Interzoo as part of a national pavilion. For 2018, pavilions have already been registered for Brazil, China, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and the USA. With 13 exhibitors, the German pavilion for start-ups is almost fully booked.

For Dr Rowena Arzt, Director of Exhibitions at WZF, these figures are an auspicious signal for Interzoo visitors: “Over the next year, industry specialists can once again expect to gain the world’s best overview of the range of products available in the international pet supplies sector as well as preferential access to the new products and innovations of the past year being showcased in Nuremberg.”

Welfare associations criticise James Corden for giving out puppies at Grammys


The British Veterinary Association (BVA), PETA and the Animal Welfare Foundation have criticised James Corden, after he handed out puppies at this year’s Grammy Awards as ‘consolation prizes’.

Following the announcement of the Best Comedy Album award at Sunday’s (28 January) ceremony in New York, Corden said: “Congratulations Dave Chappelle, now I should say to all the nominees this evening who are not going home with a Grammy… I don’t want anybody to be upset tonight. You get a puppy! You get a puppy! You get a puppy!

“So the good news is, nobody goes home empty handed, because all night we’ll be handing out consolation puppies. So if you don’t win a Grammy you get a puppy.”

He then proceeded to give the dogs to Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan.

A number of charities and associations responded to the act, saying it sent out “the wrong message”.

John Fishwick, president of the BVA, told Sky News: “We live in a click-and-collect culture that encourages impulse buying and even if the puppies were handed back, the Grammys’ stunt perpetuates this notion.

“Puppies are living beings, not trophies or toys. Dog ownership is a life-changing commitment, not something that should simply be done on a whim.”

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), added: “It’s beyond belief that Grammy organisers are so out of touch with the issues of the day that they failed to grasp what is now commonly understood; that dogs are intelligent, complex animals – not toys, props, or prizes.

“While the stress of being passed around under bright lights by strangers may have been upsetting for these young pups, using them as prizes for runners-up sent a dangerous message to viewers that dogs aren’t the family members for life that they should be.”

The Animal Welfare Foundation tweeted: “Shame on the #GRAMMYS and @JKCorden for handing out puppies as if they were nothing more than inanimate objects.”
Source: Pet Gazette

Flamin’ galah cruises home safely
 
A cocky pet Australian galah has come to the attention of biosecurity officials from two countries, after it bypassed strict processes and checked itself in for a luxury cruise to New Zealand that departed on 21 January.
 
Australian and New Zealand biosecurity officials worked together with the cruise operators to manage the biosecurity risks, after Harri the much-loved eight-year-old galah was spotted getting some sun on 24 January while the ship was on-route to Fiordland.
 
Acting Head of Biosecurity Animal Division at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Jackie South, said Australia and New Zealand enforce strict biosecurity conditions on birds to protect animal and human health, along with valuable agricultural industries.
 
“Australia and New Zealand both have strict biosecurity conditions for bird imports, due to the risk of exotic diseases to our environments and unique native birds, as well as egg and poultry industries,” Ms South said.
 
“In this case, upon finding Harri the ship’s crew sought advice from New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), and they alerted biosecurity staff from my department.
 
“There were signs Harri was a pet bird, due to her microchip and leg ring, and our department tracked down her owners.
 
“Following negotiation with the ship’s captain and MPI, Australian biosecurity officials set the conditions that needed to be met for Harri to be re-imported with our biosecurity safeguarded, taking into account New Zealand’s avian health status.
 
“MPI set clear directives for the cruise operators and Harri spent her holiday in an unoccupied cabin, without contact with other birds, and MPI personally reviewed her containment arrangement at each port.
 
“On return to Australia she passed a veterinary examination, and has now been returned to her owners—who themselves have just returned from a cruise.
 
“She had escaped on 13 January, and is thought to have found her way on to the decks as the ship prepared to depart on 21 January.
 
“Perhaps Harri felt she too needed a holiday, but Australia and New Zealand treat biosecurity very seriously, especially in regards to foreign species.
 
“It was fortunate we were able to reach a good outcome, thanks to the cooperation between the vessel operators and Australian and New Zealand’s biosecurity officials.”
TWO TIGER CUBS BORN AT DREAMWORLD 


The Dreamworld family is delighted to announce the birth of two female tiger cubs at Tiger Island recently, which will help further support the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s global conservation initiatives for tigers in the wild.

Mum, Nika, gave birth to the sister cubs on Wednesday 24 January at 9.40am and 10.50am.
The yet to be named sister cubs weighed a healthy 1.4kg and 1.6kg. Dreamworld veterinary teams have been watching Nika and her cubs around the clock and they are all doing well.

The birth heralds the first pitter-patter of newborn paws at Dreamworld since 2015 and the sixth litter born at Dreamworld since Tiger Island opened in 1995.

The cubs will remain in the Tiger Island nursery den for the next two weeks and are then expected to make their first public appearance later this month.

Dreamworld’s General Manager of Life Sciences, Al Mucci, said the birth of the cubs marked another important step forward in the global tiger conservation movement, supported by the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.

“As Queensland and the Gold Coast gear up to welcome visitors from around the country and the world for the Commonwealth Games in April, it’s a perfect time for Dreamworld to be promoting the tiger conservation message. 

“These two beautiful cubs will be fantastic global ambassadors for their endangered cousins in the wild.
“Around the world, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 tigers alive in the wild.  Tigers are listed as critically endangered and Dreamworld’s breeding program is helping to ensure a long-term future for these magnificent animals.

“Our Tiger Island facility is focussed on educating guests on the perilous state of wild tigers.
“We’re very proud of the fact the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation is one of the world’s largest financial contributors to wild tiger conservation.

“Tiger programs are a core component of the tiger conservation movement and we plan on these two girls growing up to be mums of their own, as part of breeding programs with our other Australian zoo partners,” Mr Mucci said.
 
HOW AND WHEN GUESTS CAN SEE THE NEW CUBS
The cubs are expected to make their first public appearance in the Tiger Island nursery from late February. Dreamworld visitors will be able to view the cubs through Tiger Island’s interactive ‘up-close’ viewing windows.

Interactive tiger cub experiences, including guest photos and walks, are expected to be available in March – in time for the national and international influx of visitors to Queensland for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
 
MEDIA VISION AND FOOTAGE
Media will be invited to meet and film the cubs in late February, just prior to the cubs being introduced to the Tiger Island Nursery.
 
WILD TIGER CONSERVATION FAST FACTS
Tigers are listed as critically endangered, which classifies them as Very High Risk of Extinction in the Wild
Due to poaching and deforestation, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers in the world today
The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation has contributed more than $2 million toward Tiger Conservation programs since launching in 2012

Money raised at Dreamworld for our Wildlife Foundation goes directly to fund frontline conservation activities in tiger conservation areas in Russia and Indonesia

We provide funding to organisations such as Wild Cats (formerly 21st Century Tiger), Fauna and Flora International and The Pheonix Fund.  These organisations police the jungles to find and destroy tiger traps, and track and arrest poachers.  They also run programs in local communities to educate people on the critically endangered status of wild tigers

All tigers at Dreamworld were bred in wildlife centres. None of the tigers at Dreamworld were removed from the wild
 
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